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This overview chapter contains general information about Houdini that will help you get started with important concepts and ideas. While at first, you might not understand what it all means, this chapter will be a valuable reference point as you work through the foundation tutorials and build up your knowledge.

If you already work with 3D software then learning Houdini will be a transfer of existing skills. You will learn how to interactively build-up shots using the scene view and shelf tools, then how to work with the nodes and networks to take advantage of Houdini’s procedural nature.

If you are new to 3D and Computer Graphics then Houdini is a great package to start with. The Foundations material assumes some general knowledge, therefore you may want to read up on CG concepts that you are unfamiliar with. In the end, Houdini will help you achieve a deeper understanding of what goes on under the hood of not only Houdini but other 3D apps as well.



Robert Magee is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at SideFX who has been working with Houdini for 20 years. He has created lots of learning material and demos designed to help artists understand how going procedural with Houdini can benefit their work.

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  • AlfredoSMC 6 ヶ月, 1 週間 前  | 

    there is an incredible variety of ways to get results with the tools, thanks!

  • LukeP 6 ヶ月 前  | 

    Great intro for newcomers to Houdini! Thanks for putting this together Robert.

  • limatvfx 6 ヶ月 前  | 

    Thanks a lot.. I have been searching for long day.. thankyou once again. I am form Tamilnadu INDIA

  • zev0 6 ヶ月 前  | 

    King Robert from Sidex guild is on the move again. Dear Robert I am showing my students this as example, how to do a proper, sharp and exact tutorials. Your contribution to Houdini universe is impeccable. Congratulation dear master.

    • rmagee 6 ヶ月 前  | 

      Thanks for the kind feedback - glad that the tutorials are helping out!

  • 9th_Gluon 6 ヶ月 前  | 

    this series is good but not as good as the football tutorial. Nothing beats the football tutorial. ヽ(´▽`)/

    • rmagee 6 ヶ月 前  | 

      Updating the football tutorial right now - it will be back soon with videos

      • 9th_Gluon 5 ヶ月, 4 週間 前  | 

        Thank you very much.

  • weierba913 5 ヶ月, 3 週間 前  | 

    I like the form of this tutorial!

  • expat42451 5 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

    Just started with Apprentice on Majaro Linux....Absolute cudos to Monica in support for the kind assistance on getting the license server issue straightened out. My creative work has been here to fore photography and I am very excited to start with Houudini. Have watched a number of the tutorials and those of you that have produced them deserve cudos as well for the excellent work you have done here. This is my first 3 D software experience and the tutorials are an excellent introduction.

    Many kind thanks for the program, the great support and the tutorials

    Cotacachi Ecuador

  • BrucePPV 5 ヶ月 前  | 

    I like this much better than searching through YouTube to find tuts from people with varying degrees of knowledge. I just installed Houdini, so I plan on going through all the info here, then start playing.... rather than just diving in which always ends in frustration

  • skygenesis86 4 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

    I have a question, I am following along and got up to the point to press play but when I press play nothing happens they dont fall. Is there something that I can check?

  • TheinThan 4 ヶ月, 1 週間 前  | 

    Hello Sir,I am from Myanmar.First Time user Houdini.Because of the politiccal situation.I canot go outside and so I learn self study.I have a question I make cup exactly like your step but when I use shutter on model,doesnot look like you.Inside of the cup is not like you.ployface is not flat anymore.How can I solve it.

  • dimitridev 4 ヶ月, 1 週間 前  | 

    thank you, such a good introduction! :)

  • PolyNOD 4 ヶ月, 1 週間 前  | 

    It was so clear! Thanks!

  • Shezan 3 ヶ月, 4 週間 前  | 

    Thanks you so much, it's very good performance topics.

  • hyeonshin 3 ヶ月, 1 週間 前  | 

    I use the polybevel. but spares are also affected.

  • kimjsik08 3 ヶ月 前  | 

    Where are the project files? I cannot keep up with the tutorials unless I try the exercises myself.

  • ZPC 2 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

    thansk for you lensons ,it help me more

  • saif0316 2 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

    At 4:22 when I add in the second randomize, it doesn't scale like it does in yours. Am I missing something?
    Btw thank you so much!

    • saif0316 2 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

      I found it! I capitalized the S on pscale so it should be pscale instead of pScale.
      I'm surprised! that changing the attribute name could have that effect. That is so cool!

  • dhuiting 1 ヶ月, 2 週間 前  | 

    I downloaded Houdini apprentice, but Boolean and Polyextrude are not available nodes in this version. Do I have to purchase Houdini Indie to follow along?

  • phil8 1 ヶ月, 1 週間 前  | 

    Hey Robert nice job on the instructional content as always. I noticed that there is a Foundation Book that you can buy printed. Will there be a pdf or e-book version of this? Thanks!

  • eosmalta 3 週間, 2 日 前  | 

    I'm new in houdini, and i'm loving the free content dor begginers. After I finish learning the basics, would anyone have any courses to recommend ? I already work in the industry as a 3D artist, but I want to be able to focus on FX.

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